Donald Trump is now guinea pig in chief. The president, against the advice of most of the medical community, has decided to take a malaria drug to try to ward off COVID-19.
Although there has been some anecdotal evidence for hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness against the virus, a number of scientific studies have found that it could do more harm than good. The administration’s own health officials have warned that the drug should only be administered in a hospital or research setting because of its potentially severe side effects.
If Trump’s luck holds, he will survive the gamble. We wouldn’t, though, recommend imitating him on this — or a lot of other things, for that matter.